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Rep. Jason Chaffetz not named to Benghazi committee

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  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    May 9, 2014 2:51 p.m.

    Congressional Republicans have the right to conduct an investigation if they so choose. The American people can make up their own minds on if it's legitimate or of a highly partisan political nature.

  • XelaDave Salem, UT
    May 9, 2014 3:08 p.m.

    It is true Hatch can remember the Nixon era- that is a testament to how Utah contributes to the overall dialogue in Washington

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    May 9, 2014 3:16 p.m.

    This is where the Democrats went wrong. After 9-11 they should have had investigation after investigation,many hearings, about why Bush ignored warnings about Osama wanting to attack America. They should have kept up the drum beat for years. Instead they supported Bush. When Obama was elected, they should have had many committee hearings about Bush authorizing torture. Instead he said he wanted to "move forward". The dems just aren't nasty enough.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    May 9, 2014 3:22 p.m.

    Of course he wasn't put on the committee. He's already made up his mind so would not be even remotely open to where the evidence might lead. I'm no BO supporter but even I can see how this would not have been a good thing. If the committee results are to be seen as legitimate, there must be some semblance of objectivity or at least a somewhat open mind.

  • jpc53 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 9, 2014 3:37 p.m.

    Dang, isn't it a shame he's not on the committee.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 9, 2014 4:13 p.m.

    Republicans will find nothing that suggests democrats(barack and Hillary mainly) acted improperly if they did nothing improper.

    So there is no reason that this will benefit republicans unless democrats acted improperly.

    So I find it funny that democrats think republicans will make this a political issue - why be worried they will find something if there isn't anything to find?

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 9, 2014 4:15 p.m.

    That Chaffetz will not be able to use this as a political springboard has caused me to weep openly.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    May 9, 2014 4:27 p.m.

    Dear McClark:

    When the Obama Administration came into office they seriously considered charging members of the Bush Administration with war crimes. Lawyers who had worked for Bush were in serious jeopardy for merely submitting legal opinions. They made a serious attempt to criminalize politics. You can't get much nastier than that.

    In addition, no torture was ever authorized by the Bush Administration. Waterboarding is NOT torture. If it is, Obama is guilty of it. Our special forces guys have it done to them as part of their training.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    May 9, 2014 4:32 p.m.

    I also agree that it is a shame that Chaffetz was not put on this committee. He has gone after this whole cover-up like a bulldog. I hope they will use his fact-finding missions and understanding to further the investigation. I thought with the work he had already put into this, that he would be a "shoe-in!"

    With that said, I am thrilled that Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC) is the head of the committee. If you haven't seen him at work, look up his name on the Internet and watch him go after the head of the IRS and the US Attorney General without any reservations. You will know why he was chosen to head this probe. No wonder the Democrats are upset about this! The American people deserve answers to this cover-up during a Presidential election!

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    May 9, 2014 4:34 p.m.

    Mcclark:
    Maybe you're right, and Dems should have gone after Bush and held him more accountable. So what's wrong with Republicans doing what Dems didn't do by holding our president accountable?

    Honestly I get tired of the "it's all Bush's fault" diatribe from this administration and it's supporters. I agree that Bush made mistakes and certainly wasn't always on the up and up, but please take some responsibility for once. Whether Bush was right or wrong and what Dems should or shouldn't have done has nothing to do with the present circumstances and lies of this administration...the most "transparent" administration we've had (another failed promise in a long line of them).

  • Kaotic USA, UT
    May 9, 2014 5:10 p.m.

    A lot of drama and wasting of hard working tax payer's money by all those corrupt individuals in Washington. Money that can certainly be used for better purposes other than political bureaucracy...

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    May 9, 2014 5:34 p.m.

    It's all so transparently hypocritical. How many trumped-up "investigations" (witch hunts) were held after each of George W's 13 "Benghazis," which cost the lives of 81 American diplomats? Answer: zero. This is a shameless political ploy that ought to embarrass Republicans.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 9, 2014 5:38 p.m.

    That's OK. The process is a sham anyway.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    May 9, 2014 6:38 p.m.

    Four House committees have held 15 hearings on the issue and could hold more in the future, he said.
    "I do not see where a new committee, structured in an overtly partisan manner, will offer anything to this issue except for a duplicative additional layer of bureaucracy," Matheson said in a statement.

    Is Matheson the only sane one left?

    The GOP is using this to solicit donations outright. What a great group.

    If it's all about how something was said or worded, why is Jason' going back and forth to Libya?
    Maybe he's seeing where else he make some cuts in security to save us taxpayers money.

  • Moracle Blackshear, GA
    May 9, 2014 6:48 p.m.

    Why are Democrats making such a fuss about this?

    If they've done nothing wrong, the facts will show that result. Then they can thumb their noses at the Republicans... so why all the resistance?

    It makes one wonder if there's something REALLY bad hidden in there, for them to object so much.

    Personally, if I had done nothing wrong, I'd want all the facts out there, so there would not even be a hint or suspicion of guilt left at my door.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    May 9, 2014 7:06 p.m.

    Thankfully Bush never tried to appease the PC world by avoiding using the word terrorism and calling those religious individuals responsible for their terrorist ways and acts

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    May 9, 2014 7:58 p.m.

    Four Americans are dead. There are new emails coming out after the White House clearly said that there was nothing else. Why wouldn't we investigate this? If Hilary wants to be President, let's just make sure this isn't hanging over her for the next four years. If there is nothing here, it will be shown and we can put this tragedy behind us. If they lied, let them be punished and make sure NONE of them are ever in leadership again.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    May 9, 2014 9:09 p.m.

    Democrats are opposed to this because it doesn't fall in line with the unofficial "Blame Bush" party slogan.

    If the White House is truly innocent in the whole Benghazi issue, they should have nothing to fear from an investigation.

  • kfbob SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 9, 2014 9:11 p.m.

    "Rep. Jim Matheson, Utah's only Democrat in Congress, voted against creation of the panel"

    Ironically we see Jim's true colors. If he were not retiring he would have voted for the panel. Thanks Mia Love.

  • The Wraith Kaysville, UT
    May 9, 2014 10:10 p.m.

    I'm sure this, the 14th hearing so far, will find out the answers that the other 13 did not. This is beyond ridiculous. Reagan had a far worse security lapse in 1983. Bush I and Bush II had even more serious security lapses. The only reason this is going on is that the GOP despise's Obama and will do anything, even destroy it's own reputation, if it results in putting a dent in the President. Sadly there are plenty of legitimate issues they could use, but they insist on one that has already be resolved. Please GOP, I'm a Liberal but I have lost faith in Obama, please, please, please, go after the legitimate issues.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    May 9, 2014 10:20 p.m.

    A no respect on the non-issue witch hunt he is obsessed with. Maybe he should look for other permanent employment.

  • Paul8777 Brigham City, UT
    May 9, 2014 10:34 p.m.

    Once again, Gov. Huntsman is the lone adult in the Republican room.

  • jasonlivy Orem, UT
    May 10, 2014 12:01 a.m.

    I consider myself a conservative traditionalist. I hate the politics that seem to corrupt and taint everything that goes on in Washington. Personal integrity and honesty are completely absent from most of our elected officials. The blatant spin spewing out of Jay Carney's mouth concerning Benghazi is nauseating!

    What I don't get is why so many people are willing to give President Obama and his White House a pass? The implications of Benghazi should cause every citizen to question what really happened, especially due to the recent 'smoking gun' evidence. It shouldn't matter what side you are on. We should all, as citizens of the US, demand answers.

    It seems there are many who want this swept under a rug to protect Obama. Nobody has been brought to justice, no one has been held accountable. If it is true that the president lied about this incident just so it wouldn't hurt his chance of re-election, every citizen, including Democrats, should be infuriated! This is OUR nation, and OUR country, and it shouldn't be exploited by a bunch of crooked politicians who lust for power!

    Here's to accountability in government...

  • Interloper Portland, OR
    May 10, 2014 1:04 a.m.

    There have already been 14 House committee investigations of the events in Benghazi. They found nothing that implicated the administration. The upcoming committee is mainly being used for fundraising from the GOP's extremist base.

    Nor is it true that the Obama administration withheld emails about Benghazi from the House committees, but released them to others. The GOP-led committees never asked for the emails at issue.

    These same people have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act more than 40 times, to no avail. Now, we must await more than 40 committee probes of Benghazi to no avail, apparently. These politicians have no reluctance about wasting the taxpayers' money.

  • Captain Green Heber City, UT
    May 10, 2014 1:40 a.m.

    As a former Naval Officer, I find it appalling that our Commander-in-Chief could bungle a serious situation so badly. It is American Military tradition that we will risk "100" lives to try and save "one" American who is in harm's way. That noble tradition was not honored the night of the Benghazi attack... sadly.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    May 10, 2014 4:41 a.m.

    The GOP NEEDS to be able to place blame on Obama and Clinton. Anything short of that means that the investigation was not complete.

    We know the desired outcome. Now we just need to keep investigating until we can make that conclusion.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    May 10, 2014 6:59 a.m.

    "I think there are questions that have to be answered, that have not yet been answered . . ." - Mitt Romney

    Well yeah . . . Such as when did the party of Lincoln become so cynical and twisted that it seeks to damage this nation in the course of weakening the political opposition?

    Public servants are supposed to serve the public’s best interests. Instead, the Republicans actively seek to do the public harm.

    During Obama’s first term, denying him a second term became the GOP’s primary goal, hence the sabotage and obstructionism at every corner that harmed America much more than it harmed Obama.

    Now, the goals of the GOP have shifted to ensure Hillary Clinton will not be elected. And so the GOP leadership is happy to create bogus scandals that deflect attention away from real issues on which government should focus.

    The GOP is always ready to sacrifice the best interests of the nation to achieve the same malevolent political end of harming Democrats. It’s like nuking your neighborhood because you don’t like the family next door.

    Guess what “Conservatives,” . . . That is NOT public service.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    May 10, 2014 7:07 a.m.

    Maybe Jason can now work on something else...

    Like the economy, healthcare, immigration, energy, rebuilding infrastructure...for starters?

    BTW...

    The select Republican Select Committee Chairman has begged the Republican Political Machine to stop using the Benghazi tragedy to raise campaign money.

    Wonderful.

  • UT Brit London, England
    May 10, 2014 7:16 a.m.

    @Cats

    If you don't think waterboarding is torture go speak to a WW2 vet who was. I have read many accounts made by Japanese POWs and I guarantee they will have a different opinion on whether they were tortured or not.

    Its torture,the US executed Japanese officers who authorised its use.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 10, 2014 8:25 a.m.

    It's a 'special' committee all right. It's job is to throw anything and everything at the then secretary of state, and see if any of it will stick. Zoo monkeys would prove quite capable members of such a committee.

  • woolybruce Idaho Falls, ID
    May 10, 2014 9:26 a.m.

    Hasn't there already been an investigation? If another investigation is necessary, where are the "heads" of those that screwed up the first investigation? Republicans either need to impeach the President and/or they need to make changes to processes in the State Department and Defense Department. Why were these things not done previously?

    If Congress has the money to spend 10s of Millions on yet another investigation, they why all of the debate that resulted in shutting down the Government last fall? It seems that the taxpayers are forced to pay the cost of Republican's 2016 insecurities.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 10, 2014 9:25 a.m.

    Each and every year - right here in Utah:

    400+ die from bad air pollution,
    500+ die from prescription drug overdoses,
    500+ die from guns,

    And Jason Chaffetz remains obsessed with Benghazi...

  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    May 10, 2014 9:37 a.m.

    Gotta wonder why.
    Jason is hot to rid the airport of x-ray machines.
    He is quite aggressive towards getting rid of on-line gambling so Sheldon Adleson will be happy and will be his friend.
    Why wouldn't "they" want him to join their group on Benghazi?

  • jasonlivy Orem, UT
    May 10, 2014 10:03 a.m.

    Everyone keeps mentioning the '14 hearings' that have already taken place. Could it be the current White House allowed these to occur out of necessity to satiate the public for appearances only? The fact is there was impropriety! Someone killed our ambassador. And it wasn't because of some video that no one even watched! Wasn't Eric Holder and his staff in charge of the investigations? Doesn't this seem a bit tainted to you?

    The idea that no impropriety occurred and that Obama and his White House did nothing wrong is absurd! When government accountability is taken off the table, we should all be worried.

    Frankly it's sickening to hear the 'talking points' being replicated by the secular progressives and ultra liberals who have taken over the comments section of this news report. You all sound like a bunch of sheep. Can't any of you think for yourselves or do you memorize what Jay Carney spins at the press briefings? Are you blind to the obvious cover-ups and lies which is the real story here? Unfortunately that seems to be the case...

  • Shoe Auburn, King, WA
    May 10, 2014 10:12 a.m.

    I can't get out of my mind Hillary Clinton standing at attention at Dover AFB as (4) caskets roll off the plane telling the victims loved ones that the guy who produced this dastardly video will be put in jail for instigating the awful events in Benghazi with his video. A bold face lie to family members suffering the pain of the loss of their precious loved one.
    Vain politicians will sink to the lowest level possible to cover up their inadequacies and perpetuate their future political endeavors. Ambassador Stevens was a personal friend? So says Hillary. I say, that's a "crock of fertilizer" The Shoe man

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    May 10, 2014 11:27 a.m.

    The Democrats "doth protest too much, me thinks."!

  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    May 10, 2014 11:34 a.m.

    And here we go again.

    14 hearings. Maybe this time they will find the 18-minute Watergate tape, or the truth about Whiter Water, or something new about Iran Contra or or or...

    Political grandstanding while Rome burns.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    May 10, 2014 11:36 a.m.

    @Irony mentioned George W's 13 "Benghazis"

    This entirely eluded me ... I can't think of an example during Pres. Bush's terms where an embassy:
    1) Asked for future protection and was denied
    2) Asked for immediate rescue and was denied

    The really important question here is "Why were those requests denied?" If there is a response, the administration should announce the reason and be done with it.

  • Surfs Up Huntington Beach, CA
    May 10, 2014 11:58 a.m.

    This investigation is so important because a presidential election may have turned out different if this cover up wouldn't have occurred.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    May 10, 2014 12:06 p.m.

    Can we just vote Chaffetz out already?

    Utah is ill-served with such hacks as Bishop, Lee, and Cheffetz. They make Bachmann and Gingrich look sane.

  • ronnie sandy, utah
    May 10, 2014 12:34 p.m.

    Maybe his statement "impeachment is on the table" backfired just a bit. Less than objective to say the least.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    May 10, 2014 12:51 p.m.

    Forgive and look to the future; if a law was broke, God will punish some time in the eternities, if not, let it go. Justice will be served. The 4 who died will live again. Look to the future. Bin Laden is dead, the world is a better place.

  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    May 10, 2014 3:13 p.m.

    @Christopher B: "Thankfully Bush never tried to appease the PC world by avoiding using the word terrorism and calling those religious individuals responsible for their terrorist ways and acts"

    True. Bush beat the terror-drums to send us into two wars that enriched his cronies, drove the Patriot Act that tipped us into a police state that makes the KGB look impotent, sent "detainees" to Gitmo to be held indefinitely and tortured, and propelled it with an underlying religious theme that pitted Christian America against the godles infidels.

    But at least he wasn't, you know, PC about it.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    May 10, 2014 3:26 p.m.

    This whole incident ha been investigated ad nauseam and ad infinitum. They didn't get the "evidence" they wanted so they could smear the Obama administration so they just kept trying and trying and trying. . . and now they're trying again. It would be nice if they would pend the time they're wasting on this for things that would truly benefit the country.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 10, 2014 4:39 p.m.

    Do you think he's still sleeping on that cot in his Washington D.C. office,
    saving Utah Taxpayers all their money so he can investigate Benghazi?...

    Nah, me neither...

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    May 10, 2014 7:12 p.m.

    During the Watergate cover-up, Bob Woodward, an actual reporter for the media, did the leg work and investigative journalism and broke that scandal wide open. THAT is the difference here. There was a huge cover-up on the part of the current administration and no media was even covering the nitty-gritty details of so many questions the night of the attack. A video was blamed when we now know it was a terrorist attack; no one ever has been allowed to speak on the ground in Benghazi; where was the President; the military claiming that they were standing by but no orders given from the Commander In Chief, etc. etc. Four Americans who died when not protected by our armed forces and a presumptive presidential candidate said, "What difference does it make?" when it was HER watch!

    Folks, that is WHY there is a continuing investigation. Someone has to hold these people accountable when the press doesn't do their job! Rep. Trey Gowdy is the perfect man to lead the investigation. If you don't know his name, Google his name.

    God bless the United States of America and protect our freedom and liberty!

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2014 8:54 a.m.

    Perhaps the Republican leadership in the House understand something about Chaffetz that the voters in Utah do not wish to understand?

    What is it?

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    May 11, 2014 12:17 p.m.

    @BYUalum 7:12 p.m. May 10, 2014

    I googled Trey Gowdey. He is NOT the perfect man to lead the investigation. He is someone who acts as an advocate, not a fact-finder. He knows what he wants to find, and there is no indication that he would accept as true anything but what he wants to find. We need someone who is truly impartial leading this investigation. Gowdey is not impartial, and not what we need.

  • Hank Jr Draper, UT
    May 11, 2014 1:46 p.m.

    I believe Jason Chaffetz would have been an excellent member of this select committee. No one is more familiar with the case than Rep. Chaffetz due to his vast experience in the Benghazi hearings. He would instantly know if someone has changed their story from the hearings and could demand an explanation if so. Nancy Pelosi and the democrats are blowing a chance to defend the witnesses. If by some chance the democrats fail to select members of their party to be on the select committee, then I would enjoy Trey Gowdy appointing Rep. Chaffetz. It will make the democrats look bad if they fail to appoint members of their own party by boycotting the hearing. It will also show the defendants have something to hide.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    May 12, 2014 2:06 p.m.

    For those of you wanting to get rid of Jason just remember there is another Love, Lockhart or Lee to take his place. Stop complaining about the creation and start looking at the creators who are responsible for the poor representation we send to Congress.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    May 13, 2014 6:13 a.m.

    Judging by the comments in this newspaper Representative Chafftz will be a one term Congressman unless he turns on "the charm offensive".

    I've noticed that Utah voters have a short memory span and are highly vulnerable to "the Charm Offensive"

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    May 13, 2014 11:39 a.m.

    re kfbob

    Your statement is 100% correct... with Mia Love we can count on party line votes!

    Right or wrong.

    Smart or stupid.

    Good for Utah or NOT!

    I guess we'll get what we deserve... a predictable puppet!

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 13, 2014 12:11 p.m.

    Yet again the GOP still offers the American public nothing. Just a dog and pony show to put yet another nasty spin on anything they can grasp at. The Affordable Care Act is working fairly well and millions have coverage so they have to find something else negative. There have already been investigations upon investigations on this issue. Get to work GOP and get Americans better wages, women equal pay and the American middle class back on track. Please!

  • gherbiep weatherford, OK
    May 14, 2014 10:42 a.m.

    administration is not being honest WHY? Jason Chaffee was 1 of o lyrics a few that pressed for answers. We only want the truth what is so difficult now? Obama is in the big house. Give us the truth we know Obama cronies will spin all info. To benefit the progressprogressive party. Can't wait. Thanks chaff3tz

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2014 12:52 p.m.

    @A1994
    " If there is nothing here, it will be shown and we can put this tragedy behind us."

    I don't see any evidence behind the belief that if this committee fails to turn up anything significant enough (like all the other ones before it) that the Republicans are just going to let it go.

  • Bob Pomeroy Bisbee, AZ
    May 14, 2014 1:25 p.m.

    Should be perceived as a comment on his qualifications and ability to be of service to the committee